Ebola Virus Fight: Is Action Too Little, Too Late? Researcher featured on Bloomberg TV
Bryan Lewis, computational epidemiologist, was recently interviewed by Bloomberg Television on our Ebola modeling research.
Highlights from Bryan's interview:
Ebola is a very challenging, slow-moving disease. The situation on the ground needs to be dealt with carefully as there is much public distrust. Unique cultural aspects involving burial practices and fear of authority figures have complicated the response to Ebola.
"The cornerstones of good infection control require excessive amounts of manpower and resources." said Lewis. This particular Ebola outbreak is of an unprecedented size, located in very high populated areas and the population is relatively more mobile.
Ebola is very difficult to study. The current outbreak is spreading only by bodily fluids. However, we do not know too much about the disease. The longer it stays inside its host, the longer it has to adapt to that host. Lewis said, "every time the disease gets transmitted from one person to another, you are rolling the dice that a mutation may occur that could be particularly difficult for people down the line."
We do know how to control the disease spread. Isolating patients, following their contacts and increasing our abillity to dispose of the deceased appropriately are all ways to manage the outbreak.